What the Strzok-Page ‘insurance policy’ text was actually about – The Washington Post

House of Cards

Lisa Page, former legal counsel to FBI Director Andrew McCabe, arrives on Capitol Hill on July 16, 2018, to speak before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committee in D.C. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP) Philip Bump National correspondent focused largely on the numbers behind politics March 14 at 11:42 AM President Trump at times seems to consider the investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and Russian actors to be a wobbly house of cards that will topple if he plucks out just the right one. For some time, he and his allies have been picking at one particularly promising component: a text message exchange between two FBI employees who were working on the bureau’s investigation, in which mention is made of an “insurance policy” in the event that Trump won the 2016 election. With the release of testimony from those two employees — attorney Lisa Page and agent Peter Strzok — the “insurance policy” argument for the illegitimacy of the Russia investigation gained new energy. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tweeted a Fox News story about Page’s testimony. “This deserves more attention!” he wrote. “FBI Mistress, Lisa Page, confirmed to House ....

This is a total disgrace and should NEVER happen to another President!” There are several things about Paul’s tweet, though, that should be treated with skepticism. The first is his referring to her as “mistress” — a reference to the relationship that she and Strzok carried on during the campaign. It’s a line that Trump uses to cast her in a negative light, which is a bit odd given that they are now championing her testimony. Except that her testimony doesn’t say what Paul’s tweet suggests, nor does the Fox News story claim that it does. In fact, the testimony offered by Page and Strzok about the text presents a straightforward and believable explanation for a message that’s become a shorthand for Trump’s claims about what he says is a prejudiced investigation against him. The story begins with that text message. It was sent Aug. .

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